Síle Mc Mahon joined Semiconductor Media in 2006 as sub-editor for Photovoltaics International and content manager for PV-Tech.org, and now holds the role of managing editor for the brand. She has an honours degree in English and Philosophy from NUI, Galway and an M. Phil. in Linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin. Her first name does not, contrary to popular opinion, rhyme with mile - the odd spelling of her name (pronounced “Sheila”) derives from the fact that she is Irish – agus an-bródúil as!
Targray Technology has chosen Intersolar Europe as the platform upon which to launch its new aluminium pastes, the M7 range, which is designed for rear-side passivated and locally contacted solar cells. The paste, suited to PERC- and PERL-based manufacturing technologies, is designed for use on passivated surfaces in mono- and multicrystalline silicon solar cells.
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) has appointed CPV expert Geoffrey S. Kinsey, Ph.D. to the role of director of its Photovoltaic Technologies Group. Dr. Kinsey joins the organization from his former role as senior director of R&D at Amonix, where he led a team working on the optimization of III-V multijunction cells for solar power generators, recently reaching a module efficiency of 33% in outdoor operating conditions.
Bisol’s latest generation of EasyMount high density polyethylene (HDPE) mounting systems will be launched at Intersolar Europe next week. This second generation of mounting systems are said to be lighter than their predecessor; made specifically for Bisol’s module range, the mounting systems are claimed to allow more efficient cooling of the PV modules they support.
SolarEdge Technologies has entered into a cooperative manufacturing arrangement with several module manufacturers who have integrated the company’s next-generation power optimizer – including its new IndOP technology – into their modules. The company will present these smart modules with embedded power optimization, safety and PV monitoring capabilities at Intersolar Europe in Munich next week.
Advanced Energy (AE) has expanded its commercial site monitoring software system to include AlsoEnergy and meteocontrol features, thereby initializing the company’s first global monitoring partnership. The AlsoEnergy and meteocontrol programs have been integrated into AE’s performance monitoring software to increase the company’s software reporting accuracy for commercial PV applications.
Dubbed ‘CentroPlan’, the joint venture of Centrosolar and Pohlen Solar has revealed plans to install around 8MWp of PV arrays on the roofs of approximately 100 grocery chain rooftops in south Germany. The modules will be integrated into the roof’s surface using Pohlen Dach’s substructure system combined with Renusol’s MetaSole product to ensure robust waterproofing properties.
Flexible thin-film module and equipment manufacturer Xunlight has been granted a US utility patent to cover its Gen II roll-to-roll thin-film silicon solar cell manufacturing equipment. The company’s tools combine four roll-to-roll processes – substrate cleaning, back-reflector deposition, PECVD thin-film silicon deposition and ITO sputter deposition – into a single vacuum machine.
Austria’s Minister for Technology, Doris Bures, has awarded the State Prize2012 for ‘Clean Technology Austria’ to LiSEC, glass manufacturer for the solar and related industries. Karl Gruber, CEO of the LiSEC Group, and Leopold Mader, Head of Research and Development, accepted the award within the 'Research & Innovation' category in recognition of the company’s thin glass technology.
Neshaminy School District, Pennsylvania will soon be generating around 90% of its annual electricity needs from a 3.36MW solar power installation on its schools’ roofs. Weatherproofing Technologies, Inc. (WTI), a subsidiary of Tremco, will soon commence construction of the rooftop project on the roofs of Neshaminy High School and Maple Point Middle School, which is expected to take in the region of 10 months to complete.
Hamburg-based asset manager Luxcara has been the recipient of a 12MWp PV power plant in Aquitaine, south-western France, said to have been purchased by EDF EN for around €49 million. Luxcara’s Luxemburg-based Flaveo SA, SICAV-FIS fund has received the "Béguey" plant, which has a capacity of close to 12MWp and is equipped with inverters from SMA Solar and modules from First Solar.
China Sunergy’s mono- and polycrystalline solar modules have been certified as resistant to salt mist corrosion and ammonia in tests conducted by TÜV Rheinland. The tests vouch for China Sunergy’s modules’ performance in areas of harsh weather and environmental conditions, such as those experienced in coastal areas and in agricultural areas.
Dr. Steffen Haack has been appointed to the executive board of Bosch Solar Energy, taking effect on August 1st, leaving his former post as head of sales and branch management for factory automation in Bosch Rexroth AG. He will replace Peter Schneidewind on the board, who takes on a new role of head of the international operating product area accessories division at Bosch Power Tools in Solothurn, Switzerland.
The final construction stage for Q.Cells North America’s 69MW Ontario project has been completed in collaboration with private investment firm Starwood Energy Group Global. Having commenced the major project in October 2010 with phase 1, SSM1, a 24MW plant, the company then proceeded to complete SSM2, a 34MW solar plant, and has now completed SSM3, an 11MW plant, bringing the total 69MW plant to completion.
Silicon ingot, wafer, cell and module manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has released its first-quarter 2012 financial results, showing a year-on-year decline of 63.5% in net revenues compared to the same period in 2011. However, operating loss decreased by a massive 78% from 4Q’11 and the company reported a more than 50% improvement in gross margins on the previous quarter.
SunEdison has embarked upon a rural electrification program that will see the solar company install and manage distributed-generation solar power plants in villages in India that until now have not had access to electricity. Dubbed the ‘Eradication of Darkness’, the program’s upcoming phase will see the installation of the systems in 29 villages in the Guna District.